Items are the building blocks of all orders. They represent a grouping of variants called Item Variants.
Examples of items include: T-shirt, Mug, Poster, etc.

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Item Variants are unique versions of a product, made distinct by a combination of Color and Size options. Examples of item variants are: Red XL T-shirt, 11oz White Mug.

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Orders are created by sending a list of Line Items which point to an Item Variant and a list of Print Areas. In the example below, a single order contains two line items. Each line item points to an item variant, the first containing two print areas (ie. a T-shirt with a front and back design), and the second contains one print area (ie. a poster with a single design).

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Each Item contains a list of available Print Areas. The optional and required print areas for each item variant can differ. For example, a 24x36 poster item variant requires that a 24x36 print area be passed, while all t-shirt variants can accept front and/or back print areas.

See the Dreamship Catalog for more information on print area keys and relevant templates.

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Products and Product Variants can be thought of "designed" Items and Item Variants. They are the building blocks for building customized digital inventory.

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Products can be created through the Dreamship app designer and referenced later for Order fulfillment, without needing to pass in Print Area data again.

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